There are a number of players going to this year’s NHL All-Star Game in Las Vegas. With so many different players to get excited about and a heck of a lot of newcomers, I want to put a list together of all the players playing in their first all-star game.
In years past, there have been maybe two or three rookies in the event and three of four first-timers playing in the game. While there are a lot of snubs from this year’s game, it is great to see so many young new faces representing the game in the event.
Let’s jump in with the entire list of NHL players playing in their first NHL All-Star game.
Jack Hughes – New Jersey Devils
Adam Fox – New York Rangers
Adam Pelech – New York Islanders
Drake Batherson – Ottawa Senators
Nick Suzuki – Montreal Canadiens
Rasmus Dahlin – Buffalo Sabres
Jack Campbell – Toronto Maple Leafs
Kyle Connor – Winnipeg Jets
Alex DeBrincat – Chicago Blackhawks
Kirill Kaprizov – Minnesota Wild
Jordan Kyrou – St. Louis Blues
Cale Makar – Colorado Avalanche
Juuse Saros – Nashville Predators
Cam Talbot – Minnesota Wild
Adrian Kempe – Los Angeles Kings
Timo Meier – San Jose Sharks
Mark Stone – Vegas Golden Knights
Thatcher Demko – Vancouver Canucks
The All-Star game is on February 5th and will make for an entertaining night of hockey as the four divisions battle it out in a three-on-three tournament for the top division in the league. Interestingly enough, the Central has the most newcomers to the event with newcomers like Cale Makar and Kirill Kaprizov representing their respective teams for the first time. It is amazing to think how many of these guys we could potentially see in the event for years to come.
I am a little shocked that this will be Mark Stone’s first time in the game. The 29-year-old has been in the league a long time and has been pretty consistent with his results as a top player in the league. Maybe the fact that he captains the home team this year helped get him in compared to years past.